A Congressional “Meat Axe”? New Legislation Would Broaden The Potential For Prosecutions Under The Federal Illegal Gratuities Statute

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I. HISTORIC OVERVIEW ...... 250

A. The Illegal Gratuity Statute, Unamended ... 250

B. Interpretation by Courts ... 251

1. United States v. Sun-Diamond Growers ... 251

2. Valdes v. United States ... 253

C. Criticism of Sun-Diamond Growers and Valdes ... 254

II. THE PUBLIC CORRUPTION PROSECUTION IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2009 ... 254

A. S. 49 ... 254

1. Section-by-Section Snapshot ...255

B. H.R. 2822 ... 256

III. ANALYSIS OF THE PUBLIC CORRUPTION PROSECUTION IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2009 ... 257

A. Why the PCPIA May Be Needed ... 257

B. How the PCPIA Would Aid Prosecutions of Illegal Gratuities ... 258

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